Although a sequel to director Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria is highly unlikely, the filmmaker has revealed the movie was originally intended to be a two-part story.
In an interview with The Film Stage, Guadagnino offered some details on the sequel which would have included the story unfolding across multiple time zones and spaces.
“I’ll tell you something, Suspiria was originally titled ‘Suspiria: Part 1‘ in the script and in the slate. That’s true,” Guadagnino said. “The movie made absolutely nothing. It was a disaster at the box office. I know that people are liking it more and more now. I loved making that movie. It’s very dear to me. But writer David Kajganich and I had really conceived it as the first half of a bigger story.”
“Sequels are an attitude of the soul. You want to do things because you want to spend time with people that you love, the actors you love, the writers you love. On this show we’ll see and on Call Me by Your Name there will be more stories we can tell about Elio and Oliver,” Guadagnino continued. “But with Suspiria, I can tell you that in part two the storyline was layered in five different time zones and spaces. One of these was Helena Markos being a charlatan woman in the year 1200 in Scotland and how she got the secret of longevity.”
Unfortunately, it seems like Guadagnino’s vision for a sequel will never come to fruition as his 2018 remake bombed at the box office by earning $7.7 million on a $20 million budget despite mostly positive reviews from critics.
Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria featured a cast that includes Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Chloe Grace Moretz, Renee Soutendijk, and Angela Winkler.
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